The menschen at Waldgries wine estate have been pumping out the local Lagrein for more than 700 years. Overlooking the town of Bolzano from the steep slopes of the Alto Adige, the vines of Waldgries are planted among palms, olive trees, figs and the occasional squad of sheeps. Next time you are allowed in the country which feels like it may be never at this point, take the wine route along the old Rittnerstrasse road and learn the ins and out of the estate.
No shrinking violet, this bold and badass lagrein wants to take a holiday seat with your pensive grandfather and his ferociously overgrown eyebrows. Austrian acidity, Italian force. Fatty meats want in.